The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in PreK-12 Education is a combined undergraduate-graduate five year degree program (bachelors + masters + teaching license) designed for students who are pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the College of Arts and Sciences and who also wish to obtain teaching credentials. Students must complete general education requirements, a liberal arts or sciences major, and professional studies (education course work) requirements. Students complete education course work and field experiences at the undergraduate level; graduate with their class receiving their bachelor’s degree with a liberal arts or sciences major; and return for one more year during which they complete graduate education course work, an internship, and a research study.
The PreK-12 Education program is designed for the following licensure areas where endorsement is for grades PreK-12:
- Foreign Language – French (Major in French)
- Foreign Language – German (Major in German)
- Foreign Language – Latin (Major in Latin)
- Foreign Language – Spanish (Major in Spanish)
- Music (Vocal or Instrumental) (Major in Music)
- Theater Arts (Major in Theatre)
- Visual Arts (Major in Studio Art)
You must major in the content area that you will teach.
Students in the PreK-12 Education Program complete multiple practicum experiences during their undergraduate-graduate studies, aligned with education courses. Students complete approximately 120 practicum hours in local schools over the course of the PreK-12 Program before Student Teaching.
The internship is a 14-week field-based teaching experience in the appropriate grade level or subject area. Self-analysis and reflection on planned and implemented instruction and frequent conferences with the mentor teacher and the university supervisor are prominent aspects of the experience. Prospective teachers meet as a group throughout the experience for seminars and workshops. Because the internship must be a supervised experience, placements are made in schools local to the university.
After formal acceptance in the program, each candidate is assigned a full-time faculty education advisor in the College of Education. This is in addition to their College of Arts and Sciences adviser. Advising occurs throughout the year whenever students have questions about program and/or licensure requirements. Academic advising for course registration occurs during specific periods in Fall and Spring semesters.
Graduates of the PreK-12 Program are well-prepared for PreK-12 teaching experiences. Our graduates are in high demand in the surrounding areas, and enjoy an excellent reputation when applying for jobs across the state and country. Graduates have gone on to teach in school districts throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and United States, as well as around the world through such organizations as the Peace Corps and the U.S. Department of Defense.
Program Course Sequence
Candidates for licensure in this program work towards a bachelor’s degree with a major in the endorsement sought, e.g., a major in Visual Arts if they wish to teach Visual Arts. The following professional studies courses are requires of all candidates in the PreK-12 Education Program:
General Education Courses:
- STAT 180 (Formerly Math 200) Introduction to Statistics (3 credits) – Recommended
Required Undergraduate Courses:
- EDUC 204 Introduction to Teaching and Learning: Secondary and PreK-12 (3 credits)*
- EDUC 311 Literature and Arts in the Elementary Classroom (3 credits)* (Visual Arts only)
- EDUC 351 Instructional Design and Assessment (Revised Course) (4 credits)*
- EDUC 384 Introduction to Special Education: Secondary (3 credits)
- EDUC 385 Managing the Secondary Classroom (3 credits)* or EDUC 388 Managing the Elementary Classroom (3 credits)*
- EDUC 420 The Professional Teacher and Critical Issues in Education (3 credits)
Methods Course (select one based on major course of study):
- EDUC 453 The Teaching of English and Theatre Arts (3 credits)*
- EDUC 454 The Teaching of Foreign Language (3 credits)*
- EDUC 457 The Teaching of Music (3 credits)*
- EDUC 459 The Teaching of Art (3 credits)*
Required Graduate Courses:
- INDT 501 Instructional Technology (3 credits)**
- EDCI 515 Literacy and Language Across the Curriculum (3 credits)*
- EDUC 521 Educational Research Methods (2 credits)**
- EDUC 530 Masters Research (3 credits)
- EDUC 531 Introduction to Research (3 credits)
- EDUC 535 Advanced Pedagogy (3 credits)
- EDUC 536 Advanced Pedagogy Internship (5 credits)*
- EDUC 540 Initial Licensure Internship (12 credits)*
- EDUC 541 Secondary and PreK-12 Graduate Internship Seminar (1 credit)
*Course requiring practicum
** Courses taken during final undergraduate year
Teacher Education Program Admission & Licensure Testing Requirements
Admission to the program requires passing scores on Praxis Core (reading, writing and mathematics) or the qualifying equivalent exam.
To become a fully licensed teacher in Virginia you must take and pass licensure tests before your graduate year. The tests required are the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) and the Praxis II exam for the content area.
Documents, Deadlines & Policies
Checksheets – PreK-12 Education
MED PreK-12 Education – Music
Program Policies: Graduate Academic Catalog
Questions about programs, contact:
Dr. April Brecht
Director of Advising Center Services
Phone: (540) 286-8032
Dr. Janine Davis
Program Director for Elementary, PreK-12 and Secondary
Phone: (540) 654-1353